K2m for MBP projects delivered

National, Normal

The National, Tuesday, May 17, 2011

ACTING Prime Minister Sam Abal last weekend delivered K2 million to complete several impact projects undertaken by the Milne Bay provincial government and the Alotau open electorate.
The cheques included K1 million for Maisin Cultural Foundation Centre, K500,000 for the construction of the Alotau Hotel Sanderson and Market toilet and K500,000 for Goilana power supply project.
While making the presentation at the Masurina Lodge last Saturday, Abal said the projects would increase the local people’s income-earning capacity.
Abal, who is also the Works Minister, visited the project sites and commended the governor and the local MPs for the initiative.
“I am impressed that the Milne Bay provincial government is building this market so that people can sell their local produce,” he said.
“I am also building a similar market at Wabag for the people of Enga because I know that such projects would create direct income opportunities for them.
“As leaders, our main role is to serve the interest of the people and we must give credit where it is due by providing what is best for them. Projects like markets, schools, roads and bridges are very important,” Abal said.
He said because of the economic stability enjoyed over the last eight years, the government has initiated major billion kina projects and the onus was with the elected leaders to come together and work in unity so that people can benefit.
“We must appoint good leaders who can take charge of millions of kina coming into PNG due to LNG projects.”
Milne Bay Governor John Luke Crittin, Alotau MP Charles Abel, Samarai-Murua MP Gordon Wesley and Kiriwina-Goodenough MP Jack Cameron were present to receive the cheques
Abal also toured the Northwest road and met with people at the Alotau wharf where many locals appreciated his visit.
Alotau Hotel Sanderson and Market is a transit accommodation and market building for 16 LLGs in the province.
The new provincial building is transformation of an old government shed constructed in the early 1970s.
 Maisin Cultural Centre is an initiative of the local MP Abel.
“We, MPs, have been able to source funds under the DSIP and many projects are now under the pipeline,” Abal said.
 “This shows that our economy has been managed properly and we were able to get fair share of the cake,” he said.